Tourist dies after falling off pyramid

A file image of a pyramid in Mexico. Credit: pixabay.com     A 74-year-old German tourist died on Thursday after falling from the massive Pyramid of the Sun near Mexico City. The National Anthropology and History Institute, which oversees the country’s archaeological sites, expressed “deep dismay” as it reported the death of Seiler Eckhard, saying a medical report showed he had a cardiac problem before falling. The Sun and Moon pyramids tower over the enigmatic pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, which is among the country’s most popular archaeological attractions.

From flats to stilettos: Exhibit explores what shoes reveal SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Boots aren’t just made for walking. On the contrary, footwear has captivated hearts and minds worldwide for centuries. Whether a pair of crystalline embellished slippers, or thigh-high boots with platform heels, shoes show our personalities, moods and social status. That’s the premise behind “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain,” an exhibition opening Saturday at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, examining the history and cultural relevance of what we strap to our soles. “We’re all born with bare feet and shoes facilitate our movement, but shoes also reveal our identity,” said Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, coordinating curator for the exhibition. The show, organized by the London-based Victoria and Albert Museum, is comprised of boots, slippers, pumps, loafers and sandals from around the...

Discover the joys of exploring Zion National Park in the offseason Ah, the offseason at Zion National Park: Fall temperatures are crisp, the air pure and the silence welcome.It’s a great time of year to visit the Southern Utah attraction, which draws an increasing number of visitors every year and is on track in 2016 to top 4 million for the first time.Although Zion offers year-round recreational options, most visitors make the trip during the summer months, many from Las Vegas, a mere 165 miles — or about three hours — away. (Follow Interstate 15 north into Utah and exit onto state Route 9, the park access road north of St. George.)Offseason visitors quickly discover the joys of exploring Zion when roads, trails, campgrounds and other facilities are not crowded. From December to March, Zion’s soaring landscape is transformed ...

Travel Tips: How to Get the Most Out of a Vacation by Train Lars Leetaru If you think that traveling by train isn’t your idea of a fun vacation, think again, says Eleanor Flagler Hardy, the president of the Society of International Railway Travelers, a Louisville, Ky.-based travel agency specializing in trips by rail. “Traveling by train is a fabulous way to see any country unfold, and you can truly relax onboard because you’re not worrying about driving, directions or traffic,” she said. Here, she shares her top tips on planning an enjoyable train trip. PICK THE RIGHT TRAIN There’s a train journey for just about every type of traveler. For example, VIA Rail Canada and Rocky Mountaineer, both Canadian companies, offer the option of two- to three-day trips that are suited for families with younger children...

Lint pickers clean up Carlsbad Caverns CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The sheer size of the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns National Park is awe-inspiring to most visitors. While on the trail and taking in the magnificent formations of the cave, most probably aren’t paying attention to the ground they are walking on. For a group of volunteers at the cave, though, the focus was at their feet as they used brushes to painstakingly remove lint gathered on and near the trail, reported the Carlsbad Current-Argus (http://bit.ly/2eyxIg8). The synthetic brushes carry a slight charge, so the lint sticks. “If we didn’t clean this every year, everything would be a gray, dark, ugly color,” cave specialist Rod Horrocks said. Not only that, Horrocks said, the lint could also...

Crowd honors 'gift of freedom' from Pearl Harbor servicemen PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Thousands of people observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead. The crowd bowed their heads at the precise moment decades ago when Japanese planes began their assault on the harbor’s U.S. naval base. And they stood and clapped when survivors joined active-duty servicemen and women and National Park Service rangers in dedicating wreaths to those killed. Attendees also gave a lengthy ovation to Adm. Harry Harris of the U.S. Pacific Command when he spoke in favor of standing for the national anthem. The anniversary is...

Museum celebrates Boston's favorite ducks with new exhibit BOSTON (AP) - America’s most famous mallard family is waddling into Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. “Make Way for Ducklings” opens Friday, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the children’s book of the same name. The exhibition looks back on the career of Robert McCloskey, who wrote the classic in 1941 and won a Caldecott Medal for it the following year. The heartwarming story and elegant illustrations in “Make Way for Ducklings” have dazzled readers for decades, but especially so in Boston, where bronze statues of the duck family are a fixture in the downtown Public Garden. In the story, the mallards wander through Boston’s busy streets, ducking frenetic car and bike traffic and taking time to enjoy peanuts tossed by people on the city’s Swan Boats. “I hope the...

SA hotels win in world awards The Saxon Hotel terrace. Credit: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa     The winners of the World Travel Awards 2016 have been named - and South Africa made a strong showing despite hefty competition. While regional winners were named earlier this year, the awards have now named their global winners. The awards have a vast array of categories - from travel companies and cruise lines to accommodation and airlines. South Africa flexed its muscles in the accommodation sector, with several local properties gaining world titles. The title of World's Leading Boutique Hotel went to Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa - a five-star hotel located in Johannesburg. The title of World's Leading Eco-Lodge went to the Eagles Crag Lodge at the Shamwari Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth. A South African establishment also...